MANDALA SAND PAINTING
From left Jules Tatman (cq), Kathryn Orwig (cq) and Cassandra Chase (cq) work on a community mandala while Lama Lobsang (cq) watches Monday at the Dennos Museum. A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, or lamas, of Drepung Loseling Monastery are creating a mandala sand painting inside the Dennos Museum in Traverse City. The technique utilizes metal funnels called chak-pur to layer colored sand onto an outline of the mandala drawn on a large table. A mandala is a design of sacred geometry from ancient scriptures. The monks began the process Monday with an opening ceremony to bless the site before drawing the lines for the mandala. They will spend the next several days layering the colored sand, then hold a consecration ceremony before dismantling the artwork to symbolize impermanence and spreading the sand in a nearby body of water to disperse the healing energy throughout the world.